Navigon GPS navigation for Windows Phone 7 hands-on video

Deutsch Telekom ( aka T-Mobile in Germany) is going to pre-load the Navigon GPS navigation software on all of it’s Windows Phone 7 handsets going on sale this month. Navigon Select Telekom Edition is a full featured Navigation application loaded with locally stored maps similar to TomTom and Garmin’s offerings. Earlier this week a simialr GPS navigation application called Telemap5 was also announced for Windows Phone 7 and hopefully TomTom isn’t too far behind. Video fo Navigon running on the LG Optimus 7 after the break:

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Microsoft Updates the Windows Phone 7 Application Certification Requirements

Microsoft has just published and updated version of the Windows Phone 7 Application Certification Requirements that will take effect right now far all application submissions. Applications currently in the marketplace affected by these changes will be required to adhere to these changes next time they are submitted as an update. Check out the full list of changes after the break:

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Texas Instrument wants to enter the Windows Phone 7 party

As you probably already know Microsoft has currently only certified one chipset manufacturer for Windows Phone 7  (Qualcomm) and only one SoC model is being used in the first batch of WP7 devices: the QSD8250 Snapdragon. The company has previously announced that this was meant to change in the future but so far nothing new has been said on the this subject. Microsoft’s decision to go with only one chipset manufacturer is obviously a good thing when it comes to hardware and software compatibility between all WP7 devices. It’s because of this that Microsoft was able to pump out one of the smoothest and snappiest OS (and UX) this fall.But as it is always the case in technology, things evolve quickly and MS will now have to start supporting Qualcomm’s newest chipsets ( like the ones found on HTC’s latest Android devices; MSM8x55, MSM7X30) and because OEMs don’t like to be controlled that way Microsoft will also have to decide whether they certify other Chipset Manufacturers or not. For example, even-thought Samsung builds its own mobile SoCs (like the Hummingbird found in the Galaxy S) they were”forced” to use Qualcomm’s QSD82500 on their WP7 devices (Focus and Omnia 7). Texas Instrument, makers of the TI OMAP line of mobiles SOC found in several high profile mobile phones (principally Motorola’s stuff lately) has recently expressed its desire to get into the Windows Phone 7 party:

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Google Nexus Two launching on November 8th? Just a Samsung Galaxy S with Gingerbread?

Today’s hot rumor is the supposedly imminent launch of a Google Nexus Two on November 8th (the Windows Phone 7 US launch day) and according to the same source this mysterious phone is apparently only going to be a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S running Gingerbread. Well, that’s kinda strange given that Google decided to dump the Nexus One just a few months after its debut because it wasn’t a commercial success at all. What’s more interesting is that if this turns out to be true (let’s say that this Nexus Two is just going to be a developer/showcase phone) isn’t this going to make the Android hardware fragmentation even worst? HTC’s handsets have Qualcomm SnapDragon chipsets, Motorola have TI OMAPs and Samsung uses its own Hummingbird SoC. Both Motorola’s and Samsung’sdevices have a SGX based GPUs unlike HTC (Adreno 2XX) . How is this going to be any good if the next Android developer phone singles out one manufacturer? Maybe I’m reading too much into this..so lets just wait and see…

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Free Windows Phone 7 Programming ebook released

Charles Petzold’s Windows Phone 7 programming book has just been released on time for PDC10 and is now  available to download for free.

This book is a gift from the Windows Phone 7 team at Microsoft to the programming community, and I am proud to have been a part of it. Within the pages that follow, I show you the basics of writing applications for Windows Phone 7 using the C# programming language with the Silverlight and XNA 2D frameworks.

Yes, Programming Windows Phone 7 is truly a free download, but for those readers who still love paper—as I certainly do—this book will also be available (for sale) divided into two fully-indexed print editions: Microsoft Silverlight Programming for Windows Phone 7 and Microsoft XNA Framework Programming for Windows Phone 7. [Note from Devon: we should have these ready for order in December 2010.]

With the money you’ve saved downloading this book, please buy other books. Despite the plethora of information available online, books are still the best way to learn about programming within a coherent and cohesive tutorial narrative. Every book sale brings a tear of joy to an author’s eye, so please help make them weep overflowing rivers.

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Kindle application for Windows Phone 7 announced

 

The Windows Phone 7 version of the Amazon Kindle eBook reader application has been officially announced and demonstrated a few minutes ago during the PDC10 keynote. As you can see in the pictures (or just wait forthe recorded webcast to check it out in action)The navigation is done using the famous panorama control UI and everyfeature you can expect from a Kindle app is present (you can for example share stuff with your contacts etc..). More Pictures and press release after the break:

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Will Pandora for Windows Phone 7 support Multi-Tasking?

According Microsoft’s “Media Experience Evangelist” Michael Scherotter who spoke at Sprint’s Developers Conference yesterday in Santa Clara, the Windows Phone 7 version Pandora will supposedly support multi-tasking and allow music to be played in the background similar to the built-in Zune player  UPDATE: You got to love half-assed journalism…Michael Scherotter just commented on the articke saying that only the Zune Player can Multi-Task.. He latter said that other third-party application will also be able the multi-task but didn’t give any more information.

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PDC10 Windows Phone 7 application released

Microsoft has just released a Windows Phone 7 application dedicated to this week’s PDC10 conference. The application developed by Vertigo is now available to download in the Zune Marketplace for free. Users will have direct access to all the Keynotes and Sessions and also have the ability to stream the videos directly on their device (I don’t know if it’s going to support live streaming thought..).

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Microsoft Tag coming soon to Windows Phone 7

The currently not so useful (at least here in Europe) Microsoft Tag technology is coming soon to Windows Phone 7 according to the teams Twitter account:

Our engineers have completed Microsoft Tag Reader for Windows Phone 7 which is currently going through a thorough testing process.

The first Microsoft Tag application was one of the first application available in the Windows Mobile Marketplace after the WM6.5 launch last year and also one of the onlyMicrsofot app in the Apple AppStore.

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Sony Ericsson Android PlayStation Phone unveiled

Remember the rumored Sony Ericsson PSP Android phone from last August? Well here are the first like pictures of one of the prototype devices in the wild. The phone is supposedly going to run Android 3.0 (If what we are seeing in the pictures is 3.0 then it looks really similar to what we have now…which would be a disappointment..), packs and MSM8655 (or MSM8255 depending on the region) Qualcomm chipset clocked at 1GHz exactly like the HTC Desire HD, it will also have access to a dedicated Sony Marketplace filled with games compatible with it (more Android fragmentation…). The touch-pad at the center of the sliding panel is also multi-touch capable.

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2011 support coming to Windows Phone 7

Nothing is official yet but according to TheVarGuy.com who attended the SMB Nation conference in Las Vegas last week, Microsoft’s VP of US Small and Medium Business & Distribution, Cindy Bates, demonstrated the forthcoming integration of Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM Online 2011 with Windows Phone 7:

Microsoft aggressively pitched Microsoft CRM Online. Bates says CRM is Microsoft’s fastest-growing business application. Microsoft previewed some forthcoming CRM Online 2011 enhancements, including integration with Windows Phone 7.
The unspoken message: Microsoft will link its CRM cloud strategy the Windows Phone 7 mobile launch in a bid to compete more aggressively against Salesforce.com and NetSuite.

This will probably be similar to the way SharePoint is currently integrated in WP7 but given that nothing has bee said about it yet I would guess that this features probably won’t be released before the end of the year (unless it is offered as a downloadble application in the Marketplace).

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Asus and Garmin break up. No Windows Phone 7 handset in sight

Yesterday Asus announced that it will not renew its business relationship with Garmin in the smartphone market which in turn may delay the launch of some of the current products in the works. Today the company has also stated that the focus is currently on Android and not on Windows Phone 7:

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HTC 7 Trophy and Samsung Omnia 7 now available at SFR in France

This one’s for my french readers. I wanted to let you know that the HTC 7 Trophy and the Samsung Omnia 7 are now available at SFR (there’s no Omnia 7 in stack right now thought. I discovered this earlier today (around 4AM) and at that time the HTC 7 Trophy was priced at €99 with a 2year contract (and a minimum of €50.5 per month) and the Samsung Omnia 7 was priced at €149 with a similar contract. This was definitely a bad move on SFR’s part compared to Orange’s offerings (all their WP7 phones have a €100 mail in rebate). But the good news is that SFR’s prices have now been updated! The HTC 7 Trophy is now at €1 after a €98 mail in rebate and the Omnia 7 is now at €49 after a €100 mail in rebate too. For my part I still don’t have a WP7 device and the promised review sample I was expecting this from MS is still nowhere to be seen…

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Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac Beta released

The handfull of Mac users who are interested in Windows Phone 7 devices should be happy to learn that the Beta versiono f the Windows Phone 7 Connector applicayion that letsyou syc your phone with your Apple PC is now available for download. Keep in mind that this isn’t the Zune software at all but a simple applications that will let users syncronize their music, videos, podcast and photos with iTunes and iPhoto. Download it here.

The HTC 7 Pro hits the FCC ?

A CDMA Windows Phone 7 HTC handset (PC93100) has just  passed the FCC certification.Based on this info alone it is safe to assume that this device is probably the HTC 7 Pro which is the only WP7 CDMA currently announced and scheduled to launch on Sprint in 2011. Not much else is known but keep your fingers crossed for more HTC 7 Pro news in the coming days.

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Telemap5 announced: first offline turn-by-turn GPS navigation software for Windows Phone 7

The first offline turn-by-turn GPS navigation software for Windows Phone 7 has been announced today. Telmap5 Mobile Location Companion for Windows Phone 7 includes the following features:

• in-car turn-by-turn navigation with 3D moving maps, voice and text instructions announcing street names and Points of Interest such as gas stations and parking lots along the way, a dedicated pedestrian navigation, local search and content enhanced specifically for the Windows Phone 7
• Full Singapore and Malaysia maps
• Real-time traffic information
• Cell-ID function that enables you to check your location and plan a route even when indoors

As you can see Telemap5 currently only includes maps of Singapore and Malaysia but other regions should be available at a later date. Unlike Bing Maps (and Google Maps which is not available on WP7 anyway) navigation software like this one (like TomTom etc)don’t have to be constantly connected to a data network because all the mapping data is already loaded and installed on the device. It’s only a matter of time before other navigation companies release the WP7 version of the products. Full Press release after the break:

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Adobe announces AIR 2.5 for TV, Phones and PCs. Flash 10.1 still coming to Windows Phone 7

Adobe is announcing today the latest version of AIR (version 2.5) for TVs, Mobile devices and Desktop computers. Hidden in the press release is the mention that Flash 10.1 is till expected to be released on Winodws Phone 7and other mobile platforms like Meego etc. Similar to copy and paste Flash for WP7 is already in prototype version currently being tested by Microsoft and Adobe so we shouldn’t have to wait an eternity before it’s release (it was already announced as coming witthin monthsafter the WP7 release). Will this mobile version of the plug-in be more usable than the Android version currently available? One can only hope so because based on my own experience on a Galaxy S, Flash 10.1 is barely usable on Android. Full Press Release after the break:
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Samsung Focus, HTC Surround, Samsung Omnia 7 review round-up

I just wanted to give you the heads up on a couple in-depth reviews of the Samsung Focus, HTC Surround and Samsung Omnia 7 review posted by the good folks at PhoneArena (US) and GSMArena (EU). As it is usually the case with both website their reviews cover all the hardware and software features of the phones and a lots of media including photo & video samples and walkthrough videos. As I’ve said before you can’t go wrong with any of the currently announced Windows Phone 7 handset but Samsung’s hardware seems to be the best match for the OS thanks to the Super-AMOLED screen (that’s if you can live with the PenTile-Matrix sub-pixel arrangement). Unfortunately HTC seems to have messed up the camera software (or the sensors used aren’t really that good) especially in video mode.

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First Windows Phone 7 update to fix xbox Live extras bug to be released soon

Microsoft has officially announced that an update to the Xbox Live Extras Windows Phone 7 application will be available soon after a bug that apparently only affects HTC handsets prevents the application from correctly launching.

To that end, we’ve gotten reports of users launching Xbox LIVE Extras where it appears to hang at a black screen and is returned to the Start screen several seconds later on some phones.

We have identified this issue and have an update currently making its way through certification, we hope to have this update available to you in the next few days. While this may not work for everyone, you can try hitting the back key after returning to the start menu and Xbox LIVE Extras should restart normally.

There are many of you who use props on your avatar, and you receive a “Could not find your prop, please try again later.”

Many of the props on Xbox 360 are being converted for their use with the new Xbox LIVE Dashboard and Kinect launch. Because of this some of the props have not been converted for use on Windows Phone at this time. More of these are added daily so expect this issue to disappear over time.

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